Jessica Ruschke ‘14

March 6, 2014

Ruschke, Jessica '14

Hometown: Lawrenceburg, IN

High School: East Central High School

Major: English

Double Minor: Education and Theatre

Job After Graduation: Junior High Literature Teacher at St. Louis Catholic School in Batesville, IN

What clubs and activities are you involved in?

President of the Puma Educators Association, co-editor-in chief of The Observer (SJC student newspaper), treasurer of the Columbian Players (SJC theatre club), and Campus Ministry.

Ruschke, Jessica '14How did you choose SJC?

SJC was actually the last college I visited before I started applying. I found SJC while looking through a book listing all the colleges in Indiana. After visiting the website, I decided I wanted to come for a visit. It was the best decision I could have made. From my very first campus visit, everyone was so friendly and helpful, and that has continued throughout my time here. The small, tight-knit community is my favorite part about SJC. The professors get to know you, and you know students outside of your dorm, outside of your major, and outside of your year.

In addition, I was placed in a classroom my very first semester, allowing me to gain hands-on experience right away and confirm that I did want to be a teacher. Most of the other colleges I looked at did not start classroom observations until junior year. The amount of classroom experiences connected to my education classes definitely helped prepare me for student teaching.

Ruschke, Jessica '14How do you feel about the Core Program?

The Core Program attracted me the first time I heard about it, and after four years, I know it has had a large impact on my educational journey. Core allows you to see the connections between disciplines, to interact with students outside your major, to examine other viewpoints, and to explore your own ideas and beliefs. Core teaches you the same material found in regular general education classes, but it goes deeper, asking students to evaluate and discuss the material and its connection to your discipline and others as well.

Core helped me develop my critical thinking skills and discussion abilities, which have helped me as an English major and will continue to help me in my career.

Ruschke, Jessica '14 and Ruschke, Sarah '16How do you feel about your faith and your opportunities for service at SJC?

I feel that my Catholic faith has grown throughout my time at SJC. I love attending Mass with the College community. In addition, I have helped plan and run retreats for middle and high school students, which has allowed me to serve others while also gaining new insights into my own faith. Along with these retreats, SJC offers numerous retreat options. The four-day Kairos retreat is one of the best experiences I have had, and I had the opportunity to go as a retreatant and again as a leader. It allowed me to spend time examining my relationship with God and to make so many great friends.

Explore the Core
  • SJC Education Students in the field

    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Like Elementary Education major Brittany Cooper ’12, you start your major as soon as you walk in the door, so you will have four years of knowledge and experience in your field.You can even change your mind about your major and still graduate on time with lots of experience.

    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

  • Professor Fred and Sally Berger at Graduation


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors, such as Communication Professors Fred and Sally Berger, do more for you—they serve as mentors. Studies show that having a mentor leads to success in your field. Alumni often tell us how their professors not only played a major role in their success, but also became lifelong friends.  If you are undecided about what to major in, we help you decide.

  • High Quality Academics

    In the Core Program, you will be inspired to debate, analyze, and solve problems. Discussion of culture and society, the modern world, and Christian Humanism are just a few highlights of the Program. New perspectives will be gained, your worldview will expand, and you will graduate from SJC as a well rounded, highly marketable person.

  • Visiting Chinese Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life. LaMichelle Sanders ’14, for example, has spent two summers helping Chinese study abroad students adapt to life in the U.S. and at SJC. If you want to start a club or activity that doesn’t exist, we encourage you to start one. At SJC, prepare yourself for what you want to do in life.

  • Hoop House student workers

    Real-life Skills

    Because of the skills you develop by having the Core Program interact with your major for four years in addition to internships, job shadowing, and service learning, you get hands-on experience in preparation for your career or graduate school. Students Hanna Kane ’14, Emily Baird ’15, and Alyssa Guarnaccia ’14 collect food in the SJC hoophouse to be distributed on campus. You will also get four years of analytical, writing, and speaking skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

  • Images of Students

    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

  • Images of Students


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • Images of Students

    High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.


  • Images of Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

  • Images of Students

    Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.